Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider four rules under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.




  • The House was not in session.


  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) S. 2512 – Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act (Sponsored by Sen. Al Franken / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 2947 – Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4676 – Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney / Judiciary Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 1567 – Global Food Security Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)





  • Measures Considered:
  • America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 636, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By 85 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. 41), Thune Modified Amendment No. 3512 (to Amendment No. 3464), to enhance airport security.
      • By 91 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 42), Heinrich Modified Amendment No. 3482 (to Amendment No. 3464), to expand and enhance visible deterrents at major transportation hubs and to increase the resources to protect and secure the United States.
      • Thune (for Wyden/Merkley) Modified Amendment No. 3499 (to amendment No. 3464), to require a review of heads-up guidance system displays.
      • Thune (for Collins) Amendment No. 3508 (to Amendment No. 3464), to continue the contract weather observers program through the end of fiscal year 2017 and to require the FAA report to identify the process through which the FAA analyzed the safety hazards associated with the elimination of the contract weather observer program.
      • Thune (for Tester) Amendment No. 3505 (to Amendment No. 3464), to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to study the costs of deploying advanced imaging technologies at all commercial airports at which TSA security screening operations procedures are conducted.
      • Thune (for Heller) Amendment No. 3495 (to Amendment No. 3464), to improve employment opportunities for veterans by requiring the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to determine whether occupations at the Administration relating to unmanned aircraft systems technology and regulations can be incorporated into the Veterans Employment Program of the Administration.
      • Thune (for Casey/Toomey) Modified Amendment No. 3458 (to Amendment No. 3464), to protect passengers in air transportation, pilots, and flight attendants from terrorists and mentally unstable individuals by requiring the installation of secondary barriers to prevent cockpit intrusions.
    • Rejected:
      • By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 43), Nelson (for Schumer) Amendment No. 3483 (to Amendment No. 3464), to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish minimum standards for space for passengers on passenger aircraft.
    • Pending:
      • Thune/Nelson Amendment No. 3464, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Thune (for Gardner) Amendment No. 3460 (to Amendment No. 3464), to require the FAA Administrator to consider the operational history of a person before authorizing the person to operate certain unmanned aircraft systems.
      • Nelson (for Bennet) Amendment No. 3524 (to Amendment No. 3464), to improve air service for families and pregnant women.
      • Cantwell Amendment No. 3490 (to Amendment No. 3464), to extend protections against physical assault to air carrier customer service representatives.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4 p.m., on Monday, April 11, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
  • House Messages:
  • Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act: Senate concurred in the House amendment to S. 192, to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965.
  • Crenshaw Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 11, 2016, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee; that there be 30 minutes for debate only on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form; and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate.


  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with Democrats controlling the first half and Republicans controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #55, H.R.636, the legislative vehicle for the FAA reauthorization.
  • Amendments pending to H.R.636, FAA Reauthorization:
    • Thune amendment #3464 (substitute)
    • Gardner #3460 (unmanned aircraft systems)
    • Cantwell #3490 (penalties re: ticket agents)
    • The following amendments are in order to be called up and made pending:
      • Thune #3462 (accident victims)
      • Thune #3463 (nuclear material)


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Notable Legislation Introduced



H.R.4894: To repeal title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 4/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Agriculture; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, the Judiciary, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.4898: To prohibit the Department of the Treasury from issuing licenses to permit offshore dollar clearing outside of the United States financial system for transactions involving or benefitting Iran.
Sponsor: Rep Trott, David A. [MI-11] (introduced 4/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.